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When politicians hate foreign babies, racism is reaching a fever pitch

Racism - The Guardian

An Iowa state representative said ‘We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies’. Francine Prose The Guardian That is a concentrated distillation of racism We live in… When politicians hate… Read More »

How conflict with the West empowers Erdogan

A large image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan placed outside the Turkish consulate during protests in Rotterdam, Netherlands March 11, 2017.     REUTERS/YDylan Martinez - RTX30MGU

On March 13, Blick — the third top-selling newspaper in Switzerland, came out with a giant headline in an unusual language: Turkish. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor “Vote ‘no’ to Erdogan’s dictatorship,” the title read, appealing to the Turks living in this small country. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan… How conflict with… Read More »

Trump – clarification?

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Two months after his arrival at the White House, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, will have to clarify his position in terms of his predecessors’ plan to remodel the Greater Middle East. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire If he really wants to put an end to jihadism, he will have to recognise the resilience of Syria and reposition the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. As soon as… Trump – clarification… Read More »

Donald Trump’s incendiary language emboldening white supremacists, minority groups say

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Shootings, bombings, desecrated cemeteries and racist graffiti — minority groups in the United States say the number of race hate crimes are spiking in President Donald Trump’s America. Conor Duffy ABC “I hope it’s not a tipping point but I will say that I’m 36 years old and I grew up in an amazing America, and I still want it to be amazing, open America for my children who are growing up here,” Philadelphia rabbi Joel Seltzer said. “For the ... Read More »

Together, Globalists and Localists Can Save the Environment

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The Trump administration should embrace strategies for jointly tackling local air quality and global climate change. Deborah Gordon and Robert Murphy The National Interest With nearly two hundred national and territorial signatories, the historic agreement in Paris underscores the powerful push to promote global action on climate change. From the largest… Together, Globalists and… Read More »

How Not To Defend Western Civilization

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Being an American isn’t about your color or ethnicity. David Harsanyi Federalist Steve King doesn’t get it. Nor do many… How Not To… Read More »

US-Russian detente would make the world safer

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US President Donald Trump’s hope that Washington and Moscow could partner in finding solutions for troubling global issues such as terrorism is being dashed by US lawmakers, intelligence services and a hostile media. Linda S. Heard Arab News As a candidate, Trump expressed his wish to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to test the waters. Putin, whose relationship… US-Russian detente would make the world safer Read More »

A New Strategy Against ISIS and al Qaeda

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The Trump administration is set to supersize President Obama’s strategy to defeat Islamic State, sending more American forces to the region and lifting restraints on direct participation in combat and when to use armed force. Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan AEI Yet any victory under the current approach will be ephemeral. Even if American… A New Strategy… Read More »

The Dutch Gamble: Suppressing liberty to preserve it?

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A little over eight years ago, I received an invitation to meet then Senator Barack Obama. Taha Meli Arvas Daily Sabah Obama would be joining actor George Clooney for a fundraiser in Geneva. Looking back at… The Dutch Gamble… Read More »

The Nuclear Great Game in Europe

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The New York Times launched the torpedo: the charge that Moscow has violated the Treaty on Medium Range Nuclear Weapons (“INF” by its English acronym) [1]. Manlio Dinucci Voltaire And this [torpedo] has struck its target: intensifying tensions in relations between the United States and Russia, slowing down or blocking negotiations of the deal that Trump alluded to even during his electoral campaign. The torpedo is… The Nuclear Great… Read More »

What to do when the president lies?

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Thirteen years ago, the world began the week that saw the start of the Iraqi Invasion. Hakki Ocal Daily Sabah This very day 13 years ago, former President of the U.S. George W. Bush lied to the whole nation (and to the whole world), stating that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). We did not… What to do… Read More »

Europe hopes to sway, not provoke, Trump on climate

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Angela Merkel’s visit this week will test whether U.S. allies can persuade the president not to blow up their efforts on global warming. Sara Stefanini and Andrew Restuccia Politico WASHINGTON — European diplomats are carefully crafting a strategy for dealing with Donald Trump on climate change, fearful of provoking a backlash from the mercurial president if they push too hard for U.S. cooperation. Germany, France, Italy… Europe hopes to… Read More »

Congressman Steve King stands by racist tweet: ‘I meant exactly what I said’

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Iowa Republican Congressman suggests “Western” Americans contribute more than… Josh Israel ThinkProgress Congressman Steve King is standing by a tweet that was widely condemned as racist. “I meant exactly what I said,” King told CNN. Sunday, King tweeted in support of his fellow anti… Congressman Steve King… Read More »

Warning: living in a city could seriously damage your health

Cities - The Guardian

More people than ever live in urban environments, where dirty air, noise and stress must be tackled Florence Williams The Guardian I recently spent some time walking around Washington DC, where I live, with an aethalometer sticking out of my shirt collar. I carried the… Warning: living in… Read More »

Does monetary policy still matter?

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Economic data suggests that the transmission mechanism between monetary policy and the real economy is extremely loose, if not completely broken David P. Goldman Asia Times Whether the Federal Reserve raises the overnight rate to 1% from 0.75% tomorrow rather than at its May meeting, as expected earlier, is a matter of compelling interest in the financial world. It shouldn’t be — not the way in which… Does monetary policy… Read More »

In Their Search For Asylum, Central Americans Find The U.S. Is Closing Its Doors

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Six times in recent days, Marco Antonio Cabachuela, his wife, Irma, and their 3-year-old, Valerie, walked up to federal immigration officers at the Hidalgo, Texas, port of entry and asked for asylum. John Burnett npr And every night, they returned to an immigrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico, where men and women sit listlessly in a shady courtyard. “They rejected it… In Their Search… Read More »